Martial Law in brief – just kidding

In celebration of the People Power anniversary, which many people seem to have swept aside because of the standoff in Sabah, my hubby Alan wrote the following humor column. It’s nostalgic for him in a way because he began writing humor columns during the dark days of Martial Law, when laughing about the dictatorship was the only way to ease […]

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Tortured Art: Martial Law detainees sketch out their pain and defiance

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  By Raïssa Robles Here are drawings made by Martial Law detainees which I managed to hold on to all these years. I knew then that if these had been found in my possession, I would have been jailed, too. But I managed to hide them because I felt, somehow, they should one day see the light. That day is […]

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A friend’s text message convinced PNoy not to bury dictator Marcos at Libingan

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  My exclusive  By Raïssa Robles   It was a short mobile text message consisting of only nine letters that convinced President Benigno Aquino III NOT to bury the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at Libingan ng mga Bayani, two sources confirmed to me separately. The text message was sent to PNoy’s  mobile phone so you can see how close he […]

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Tortured – a victim’s story

  By Raïssa Robles The torture happened over 30 years ago but to this day, the victim still insisted on talking to me on condition that I won’t reveal his name. Na-torture ka pala (you were tortured), I told the person whom I have known for the last 17 years. And yet he never mentioned he had been tortured even […]

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Human Rights Commission Chair Loretta Ann Rosales was repeatedly raped during the Marcos dictatorship

Human Rights Commission Chair Loretta Ann Rosales was repeatedly raped

  Rape was the choice form of torture for female detainees - My exclusive by Raïssa Robles   In 1999, my editor at South China Morning Post asked me to do a first person account to show the vileness of the Marcos conjugal dictatorship. This was soon after then Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Francis Garchitorena denied a motion to release US$150 million […]

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